Sally Mauk

News Director

Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the legislature to forest fires. She also teaches broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Wolf Debate
2:01 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wolf debate part of the “culture war”

Credit David Gilkey

Growing up in Montana, Nathan Rott knew wolves were controversial.

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NSA Threat
1:45 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy”

Best-selling author and journalist Chris Hedges
Credit Truthdig.com

Chris Hedges has seen fascism and war up close. For nearly 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans - for both print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio and the New York Times.

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UM Budget Cuts
11:36 am
Thu January 23, 2014

UM coming up 9 million dollars short

View of University of Montana campus from the "M" trail
Credit Sally Mauk

As we reported earlier this week, the University of Montana must find another 9 million dollars to cut in the coming year - on top of the 6 million cut from this year's budget. President Royce Engstrom outlined the need for the cuts - and potential  money-saving steps - in a campuswide letter this week.

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Nebraska film
3:56 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Best picture nominee filmed in Billings

Director Alexander Payne and Anne Gauer
Credit John Latenser V

Anne Gauer of Billings found out on Facebook today that the film "Nebraska" has been nominated for best picture of the year - and for five other Oscars, including best director and best actor.

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Wolf Killing History
10:15 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The history of wolves in Montana is a bloody one

Wolf hunter Barney Brannin posing with part of the Cripple Foot pack taken on the Waite ranch in winter 1924-1925
Credit Montana Historical Society

As we reported earlier this week, a new article on the history of the eradication of wolves in Montana points out the state once was home to hundreds of thousands of wolves.

The current population of 600-plus, is a tiny fraction of the number of wolves that used to roam Big Sky country, before wolves were exterminated in the 1920's.

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Frank Church wolves (part 2)
1:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Conservation attorney says state of Idaho should leave wolves in popular wilderness alone

Radio-collared wolf born in Idaho, eventually migrated to Montana
Credit Idaho Fish and Game

Tonight, we have part two in our series on whether a state should have the right to hire a professional to kill wolves in a federally designated wilderness area.

Three conservation groups - Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch - think not.

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DOJ Letter
10:03 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Dispute between Missoula county attorney and feds could still end up in court

Missoula county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg at an earlier press conference, with former DOJ assistant attorney general (and current Labor secretary) Thomas Perez taking notes
Credit Kurt Wilson, Missoulian

Missoula county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is willing to negotiate a "memorandum of understanding" with the federal Justice department, as a way of resolving DOJ's concerns about the way the county attorney's office has handled past sexual assault investigations.   The offer is contained in a letter written by Van Valkenburg and sent to U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter.

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Frank Church Wolves (part 1)
11:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Idaho officials want to eliminate two wolf packs in a popular wilderness area

Radio-collared wolf born in Idaho, later migrated to Montana
Credit Idaho Fish and Game

Should a state have the right to hire a professional to kill wolves in a federally designated wilderness area, to enhance the area's elk population for recreational hunters? 

As we reported yesterday, some conservation groups think not, and are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.

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Wolf Lawsuit
11:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wolves in a federal wilderness: should they be left alone or managed?

Some conservation groups are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.
     The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch on Monday, asks the judge to stop the extermination immediately to give the case time to work through the courts.

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Bakken oil rail
1:31 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Two dramatic explosions in a year raise questions about the safety of carrying Bakken oil by rail

Explosion of oil tanker cars after train derailment near Cassleton, North Dakota December 30th
Credit usatoday

The boom in oil development in this country has increased the amount of oil shipped by rail from 10,000 tanker cars annually to 400,000 cars - just in the last four years.

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